“Joie De Vivre” meaning “exuberant enjoyment of life” is one way to describe Samantha Dollman. Having been involved in events and destination management for 4 years, Samantha is a passionate events manager who always aims to design an entertaining and sensational experience with a dynamic and eager approach. Samantha obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Media Production at the University of Cape Town. She then did a post-graduate degree in Strategic Brand Management and Communication at the Vega School of Branding. Samantha was set on heading towards becoming a producer for television and production companies but her heart was rooted in events management. Samantha then started working at Mint Productions & Destinations in Cape Town for managing director of Mint and co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, Helen Johns. Samantha saved up and also got the opportunity to travel around Europe on a Top deck Tour, which was one of her most unforgettable experiences. Having worked at Mint Productions, Samantha has grown tremendously and has learnt a lot from her peers and colleagues. Samantha has also gotten the opportunity to travel to various locations. One of her favourite is Botswana where she assists on the entertainment and backstage management for the Diacore Gaborone Marathon. In her free time, Samantha loves having a glass of rosé chatting to friends, cooking with her mom in the kitchen, making short video presentations for special occasions, walking her beloved Golden Retriever, Jack, in Tokai forest, and mountain bike riding with her cousins on the weekend.
Helen is a well-known and highly respected member of the South African events and destination management community. Having established and managed her own company for more than eight years, she is acknowledged as one of the foremost experts in her field. Helen obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree from UCT, majoring in Industrial Psychology. She then went on to travel the world, buying homeware, and wholesaling to various prestigious homeware stores around the country. In 2001 Helen was asked to set up and head the events division for an advertising agency, Oscar Tango. With Diageo / Brandhouse as their main client, Helen executed over 100 events a year for brands like Johnny Walker, Bells, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray etc. In 2010 Helen decided to start her own agency called MINT Productions & Destinations - a full service events & destination management agency specializing in effective event management solutions and unforgettable experiences for leading corporations and discerning private clients. Helen’s passion for uplifting women led her to, with a partner, launch the Women’s Lifestyle Expo in 2014. The event focuses on empowering women through educational and informative talks, while also catering for their health, wealth and wellbeing. Helen heads up a dynamic team, many of whom have international experience. Together they offer a professional, hands-on approach and consistently provide their clients with a result that is within their means yet beyond their expectations. Over the past 10 years MINT has executed successful and extraordinary events for international clients all over Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Mauritius. MINT is also the Southern African licensee for Quintessentially & Co Events, the world renowned luxury event management company. Clients include Facebook; Old Mutual; Nedbank; Entrepreneurs Organization; Criteo; Lucara
These #bossbabes are enthusiastic, hard-working and committed in their efforts to lead the business to success with bravery, empathy and excellence. Their desire is to create a progressive environment where creative thinking and collaboration solves problems and contributes to the overall success of the organisation. This inspiring group of women shows consideration and concern to fellow team mates and employees by leading with fairness and inclusiveness in everything they do. Here’s to FMI’s #bossbabes! Find out more about FMI by clicking on their website or following them on their social media pages: Website Facebook YouTube LinkedIn
Grace is a young, creative and passionate individual who fell in love with FMI's brand purpose after doing some consulting work for them in 2014. Formerly in the advertising industry, Grace now plays a key role in guiding FMI's brand and digital strategies. What made you join FMI? So my journey with FMI started on a freelance basis, where I was pulled onto the Defined Events new product launch about 2 weeks before launch. There after the relationship continued to grow, I soon began to see how special the company and people were. I am grateful I’m here and that I’m doing something I’m so incredibly passionate about. What achievement are you most proud of and why? There are many projects and initiatives I feel that I’ve been fortunate enough to drive or be a part of during my three odd years at FMI, so my top one would be: a renewed induction process. A full week of induction ensures every single employee becomes a proud FMI brand ambassador. I am proud of the impact this has had to our culture and how its grown our brand internally. What is the biggest lesson you learnt? It’s a cliché but – back myself. Often we know the answers and we just need to have the confidence to back them. Complimenting this lesson, I have also learned to make the most of my more senior, experienced peers – surround yourself with great mentors. Find out more about FMI by clicking on their website or following them on their social media pages: Website Facebook YouTube LinkedIn
As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Cape Town’s The LookOut at the V&A Waterfront, from 11 to 13 October 2019. “We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.” The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy. "We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI. In addition to business and financial
Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza was transformed into the ultimate Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you by FMI - from 29th to 30th September as the country’s most dynamic industry leaders and lifestyle experts congregated for a weekend of female empowerment. A definite highlight on the Women’s Lifestyle Expo programme was the sumptuous High Tea which welcomed an exclusive panel consisting of democracy activist, Wenzile Madonsela; radio personality, Gugulethu Mhlungu; marketing strategist, Michelle Korevaar; award-winning entrepreneur, Nonku Ntshona; strategic communications’ expert, Jean Chawapiwa; and musical legend, Unathi. Guests were treated to insightful discussions on redifining success in all aspects of a woman’s life, while dining on a delicious High Tea prepared by official food partner, OPEN Food Group. Alongside informative workshops covering topics such as health, finance, beauty and an being entrepreneur, visitors to this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo indulged in pamper sessions and beauty treatments while browsing the latest on-trend fashion, accessory, cosmetic and health products. Then it was time to unwind with girlfriends in the enchanting Wine Garden where Boschendal wines and bubbly paired perfectly with gourmet menu options. Eat, drink, shop, learn, connect and unwind…the Women’s Lifestyle Expo was the ultimate girls’ day out!
While the barriers to workplace equality are steadily being worn away, it is still an uphill challenge for many women trying to succeed across the career spectrum. This year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you be FMI – is proud to feature a number of high-profile women who have managed to achieve in their respective fields, despite working in traditionally male- dominated industries. “While great strides have been made in creating equal opportunities for South African women in the workplace, there is still so much that needs to be achieved,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The only way to increase the pace is for women to support women, particularly those seeking leadership roles. This is at the heart of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and we are so proud to welcome these inspired career leaders to the event.” These economic and social trailblazers – many of whom will be sharing their stories at #WLE2018 at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from 29 to 30 September – have imparted some of their wisdom to inspire other women seeking career success. Here are 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries – from women who have proved it can be done. Jean Chawapiwa, founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa; and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, is breaking boundaries in the mining sector. Her top 4 tips for career success, are: 1. Understand the politics of the company. You should always have a strategy to break through and get champions and influencers on your side. 2. Be well informed in your sector and share information. It’s beneficial to be seen to be a person who shares information. 3. Remember that
By Grace Winter, Head of Brand & Communications at FMI As South African women, what lives do we want to lead? How do we plan for those lives? And how do we make smart financial decisions that support our plans? These are the types of questions that we should be asking ourselves all the time. And yet, far too many of us still don’t have proper answers to these questions. This lack of certainty about basic financial issues or risks can leave us, and our families, vulnerable and exposed. I grew up in a home where both parents worked, and contributed more or less equally, to our household. More importantly than that, they both played an active role in setting budgets and financial priorities for the family. That’s not always the case, though. Even in 2018, unfortunately, we still see women abdicating the control of the household finances to their husbands because that’s how it’s traditionally been done. We need to break those old- fashioned gender-based roles. Money is no longer just the man’s responsibility. Where do you start? For us, the cornerstone of any financial plan is the ability to earn your income. Let’s face it, without an income, you can’t pay for anything. Your house, your rent, your family’s wellbeing, your lifestyle. This is particularly important in a South African context. In many other countries, if you can’t work because of injury or illness, you’re protected by government grants. In South Africa, we have UIF, but it provides only a fraction of your usual income, leaving you in a dire situation. At FMI, we’re passionate about educating South Africans on the necessity of getting insurance that pays you your income in the case
Collaboration and support for women has seen the creation of a truly worthwhile partnership as the Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI – joins forces with the innovative online empowerment platform, ChangeMakersHub (CMH). The multisensory, multi-faceted Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) is taking over Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from Saturday, 29 September to Sunday, 30 September. Founded by Capetonian social entrepreneur, Michelle Korevaar, CMH is a tech-enabled platform that profiles organisations which are making a difference in their communities. This non-profit organisation connects people who want to make a difference to the other organisations that are positively impacting various areas of society through charitable work. Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo, said the mission behind the event was to ‘help women thrive in all areas of their lives by connecting them to effective brands and services’. “By partnering with CMH, Women’s Lifestyle Expo can help give a voice to organisations that are working as agents of change,” explained Helen. “By profiling these organisations and individuals, we are sharing and celebrating these phenomenal stories, as well as providing them with a platform to reach others who are equally passionate about changing lives for the better.” At its core, CMH is driven by the Millennial Leadership Network, a peer-to-peer sharing network comprised of influencers, leaders and agents of change committed to activating solutions for worthwhile causes. The inclusive model leaves no-one behind, integrating the talents of driven change makers. The initiative has already received significant support, with endorsement from Premier of the Western province where the pilot project has commenced roll out. The partnership with #WLE2018 will pave the way for even more of an impact, nationally and further abroad. “Women are the natural care-takers
Sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Woman’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity – brought to you by FMI – will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom. “We are living in an incredible age where women are emerging from the shadows and finally being recognised as the powerful, world-changing individuals they have always been in their industries,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” Imagine the setting: a sophisticated and elegant High Tea where guests will sip champagne and gin cocktails and enjoy gourmet fare prepared by #WLE2018 official food partner, OPEN Food Group. The culinary team has fashioned a mouth-watering menu of on-trend delicacies, the likes of which you have never seen before and likely to prove irresistible. Tomato infused profiteroles filled with a salmon and dill mousse; gorgonzola mousse with walnuts and poached pear; and key lime tarts are just a few of the gourmet eats to expect on the day. Guests will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they